Ethiopia told to test 200 athletes before November by WADA or face suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency has turned its attention to Ethiopian athletics, with the African country told to conduct 200 drug tests on its competitors before November or face possible sanctions.

The sport’s reputation has been dragged through the mud in recent times, with Russian athletes still banned from competition and the organization turning up the heat on Kenya also.

With the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro only months away, ensuring strict doping protocols are in place has become a priority for WADA and the International Association of Athletics Federations.

With three Ethiopian runners provisionally suspended from competing last month and a host of others under investigation, a major overhaul of the nation’s doping structures is set to occur.

As a result, 200 athletes will undergo tests between now and November, with the process set to start almost immediately.

“We are told that we could be banned from the IAAF if we don’t comply with the request,” national track team doctor Ayalew Tilahun said.

The African country’s government is set to provide $300,000 to fund the testing, with WADA officials to visit Ethiopia in early June, potentially alongside IAAF President Sebastian Coe, to check on progress.

The timing of the tests seems slightly peculiar, with the November deadline much later than the upcoming Olympics and Ethiopian athletes potentially competing in Brazil before being tested internally.

Ethiopia is clearly a nation that the IAAF have identified as needing to upgrade doping procedures, with Coe in the past admitting the country’s current structure was in need of ‘critical care’.

WADA reportedly visited Ethiopian doping facilities in December 2015 and were shocked by poor standards, giving them a ‘zero’ rating.

Ethiopian 1500m world champion Abeba Aregawi tested positive for meldonium earlier this year, however the runner now represents Sweden.

Russia is yet to find out whether its athletes will be restored to international action in time to participate at the Olympics.

Leicester continue march on title as Manchester United implode in six crazy minutes

Leicester need just three victories to claim their first-ever top flight title after a comfortable 2-0 win at Sunderland, while Manchester United’s 0-3 defeat to Tottenham has made Champions League qualification almost impossible.

Jamie Vardy’s 20th and 21st goals of the season kept the Foxes seven points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur with five games to go.

The result also guaranteed Leicester a Champions League place after Spurs’ 3-0 success against Manchester United.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said: “The fans must continue to dream but we must continue to be concentrated and focused.”

“Now we have two tough matches at home, the Champions League is on the table and we have to keep it. We haven’t achieved anything yet.”

“You make this job for the emotion you feel inside, but it is difficult for me to tell what kind of emotion.”

City has amassed 33 points in 2016, more than any other team in the Premier League, while this victory marked its fifth consecutive clean sheet in the top flight – the first time in the club’s history that it has achieved this feat.

Three goals in six minutes kept Spurs’ hopes alive as they capitalised on a lacklustre United performance.

Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela got the goals to keep Mauricio Pochettino’s team in the title race.

“I think it’s true we sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting,” said Pochettino.

“If Leicester fail we need to stay there, it’s important. Seven points is a difficult gap to reduce but we need to believe.”

“The performance like today, and the result like today, showed that this team believes.”

The result leaves United in fifth place, six points behind third-placed Arsenal and four adrift of Manchester City.

West Ham United is a point behind United in the race for a top four place.

Despite the defeat, United boss Louis Van Gaal believes his team gave a good account of themselves.

“Tottenham is a great team and I have said that also in advance of this match,” he said.

“But, until the first goal, I think we were a good team who were playing good in Tottenham and we also had a big chance for a goal.”

“Yes, 3-0 is a big negative result but the way that we have played until the first goal was good.”

Leicester is back in action on Sunday as they host West Ham, while Spurs travel to Stoke City on Monday night.

Arsenal meet Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the Manchester clubs in action on Saturday – United at home to Aston Villa with City facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester follow up the West Ham fixture with a home game against Swansea City. The Foxes could claim the title at Old Trafford with victory against United on 1 May.

Warriors match Bulls on 72, one game away from new record

The Golden State Warriors have equalled the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for most NBA wins in a season and they’ve got their sights firmly set on beating it.

Sunday’s 92-86 victory at San Antonio Spurs gives the Warriors their shot at history on Wednesday at home to Memphis Grizzlies.

Star man Steph Curry led the way once again with 37 points as Warriors ended a 33-game losing streak in San Antonio that dated to 1997.

“Obviously, we’re in the moment, enjoying the ride,” said Curry.

“The goal is to win a championship. That’s the goal. But we put ourselves in a great position to end the season with a win and do something no team has done in history.”

“That’s an amazing accomplishment.”

The win gave Warriors a 34-7 road record while handing Spurs their first home defeat in 13 months.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson said: “It’s definitely sweet because we broke the streak. That’s all the media would talk about for the last few years. It’s tough to win here. It definitely was huge for us.”

The Warriors are also the first team in NBA history to go a full season without losing to the same team more than once or lose back-to-back games.

Despite tying the best-ever season record, the Warriors’ achievement isn’t meeting with the full approval of everyone who played on the Bulls’ team.

Scottie Pippen’s recent declaration that his 1995/96 teammates would sweep the Warriors in a hypothetical series between the teams might appear dismissive, but Draymond Green says it’s not a problem to the joint-record holders.

He also confirmed he’d received some support from former Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

“With Pip coming out and saying what he said, that’s cool – at the end of the day, we respect those guys,” he said.

“Mike told me, at All-Star Weekend, ‘Go win the record. Go get the record. If y’all don’t win this record, I’m ‘a be hot and I’m blaming you.’ We’re almost there. We got one more game or he gonna blame me.”

Warriors’ date with destiny on Wednesday sees them face a Grizzlies team they’ve beaten in seven of their previous eight meetings.

The teams met in Memphis on 9 April, where the Warriors came from 10 behind midway through the fourth quarter to record a 100-99 win.

German wide receiver on verge of NFL breakthrough

Moritz Boehringer could be set to break into the NFL, with seven teams thought to be interested in adding the German wide receiver to their rosters in this year’s NFL Draft.

Boehringer came to the notice of NFL scouts last week, with a stunning performance at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Boehringer certainly has the size to make a name for himself in the NFL.

He ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 39 inches, produced a 4.10-second short shuttle and a stunning 6.65 second three-cone drill.

The NFL.comís College Football 24/7 say at least seven teams will take a closer look at Boehringer this week, including Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

Arizona Cardinals’ VP of Player Personnel, Terry McDonough, is also reported to be very impressed with the big German.

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, formerly a front-office executive with the Dallas Cowboys, said: “I’d be intrigued, that’s for sure. He’s the kind of guy you rush out and see.”

Boehringer started playing football in 2013, initially with the Crailsheim Titans junior youth team before progressing to German Football League – the country’s top senior level.

In 2015 he was named the GFL’s Rookie of the Year after posting 70 catches for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns.

While NFL teams traditionally focus on the US college system for the next generation of players, there have been a number of international success stories too.

Morten Andersen currently holds the all-time NFL record in points scored by an individual player.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen racked up 2,544 points in 382 games during his 25-year career as a kicker with five different NFL teams.

He earned seven Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro selections and made both the 1980s and 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.

Gary Anderson also enjoyed a long career in the NFL after moving to the United States from South Africa aged 18.

Anderson is second in the ranks behind Andersen in games played, career points scored and most field goals made.

He was also chosen in the second-team NFL All-Decade in the 1980s and 1990s and was the first kicker in NFL history to record a perfect regular season – making all of his 39 field goal attempts and 59 PAT attempts in 1998.

West Indies claim dramatic World Twenty20 win

West Indies won cricket’s World Twenty20 title after mounting a stunning assault in the final over.

Chasing 156 to win, West Indies needed 19 runs from the last six balls. Marlon Samuels, who was on 85 not out, was at the non-striker’s end leaving hard-hitting all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite with the task of securing an unlikely success.

Brathwaite struck four consecutive sixes off the first four balls of the final over to seal a four wicket victory and West Indies’ second ever World T20 crown.

England’s Ben Stokes had been trusted with the final over, but the bowler unravelled in spectacular style Brathwaite wreaked havoc.

Their total of 155 never looked likely to be enough on an excellent batting wicket, but England made early inroads as they reduced West Indies to 13 for 3.

Samuels helped to steady this ship, while Dwayne Bravo’s 25 from 27 balls kept them in the hunt. Brathwaite’s finished with 34 from just 10 balls to break England’s hearts, his highest score in T20 internationals.

West Indies had England on the back foot during the early part of their innings, but Joe Root (54) and Jos Buttler (36) put together a partnership of 61 to give them renewed hope.

Three quick wickets for just one run when England were 110 for 4 shifted the momentum back towards the West Indies, but late resistance from Chris Jordan (21) and David Willey (21) helped them to a reasonable total.

Brathwaite and Bravo were the pick of the West Indies bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Samuel Badree weighed in with two.

David Willey topped England’s bowling with three wickets, but Stokes’ concession of 41 runs in just 2.4 overs was ultimately the difference between the two teams.

Video: UFC releases promo for McGregor v Diaz rematch at UFC 200

With confirmation that Conor McGregor will take on Nate Diaz again at UFC 200, a mouth-watering promo video has been released to whet the appetites.

The all-action Irishman was surprisingly beaten by the Californian at UFC 197 last month, but the pair are set to resume their animosity in a much-anticipated clash in Las Vegas.

McGregor is well known for being outspoken and as the video above shows, Diaz is no shrinking violet either.

The war of words is set to start as this pair prepare to re-contest the 170-pound bout and headline an event that the world’s eyes will firmly be on.